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Sarah Ettlinger

Head of Copenhagen Office

Sarah is Head of Eunomia’s Copenhagen office and has a broad range of consultancy experience, managing projects for a wide range of public sector clients in the energy, waste and marine sectors.

Sarah is a highly capable project manager, modeller and research and data analyst. She delivers high-calibre desk-based and primary research to assess, inform and direct UK and European policy on waste minimisation and management, energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental taxes.

Sarah is an accomplished communicator, having developed guidance documents, web text and other successful marketing materials as well as using social media and face-to-face communication to engage people in sustainable projects. Sarah has also presented to a wide range of audiences including a recent speaking slot at the NextGen conference and to the Expert Group on the European Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste.

Sarah combines her mathematical skills with her ability to think creatively and critically. She has an aptitude for languages, with a good working knowledge of German, Swedish and Norwegian and is fluent in both Danish and English.

Recent Experience

Sarah has recently worked on several projects for DG Environment of the European Commission, including an ongoing 18-month project delivering case studies and workshops across Europe with the aim of building capacity and increasing the knowledge base on market-based economic instruments in the areas of pollution and natural resource use. She has also recently completed projects which developed a methodology to calculate the consumption of single-use plastic carrier bags and investigated the impact of oxo-degradable plastics in Europe.

Sarah also played a key role in the research consortium that delivered the 18-month Renewable Heat Incentive evaluation. Sarah managed two waves of a quantitative survey with non-domestic applicants and a qualitative research study on European experiences of the deployment of renewable heat. Since 2014, Sarah has also provided technical support to BEIS’ Electricity Demand Reduction pilot programme, by assessing applications and evidence of compliance with the scheme requirements.

Career History

Prior to joining Eunomia in 2013, Sarah managed a number of behaviour change programmes and other projects at the University of East London (UEL) as part of the Sustainability team in the Estates department.

She was responsible for all university-wide communications on environmental and sustainability matters, developed a sustainable procurement strategy and action plan for the university and managed a National Union of Students’ pilot for a new student leadership volunteering opportunity. She also took on a number of quirkier tasks, including spending endless days in a walk-in fridge, sorting leftover food from the university’s Olympics operations. This resulted in almost a tonne of food being diverted from landfill to charity.

Previously, Sarah has also door-stepped residents of both London Boroughs of Merton and Waltham Forest to increase participation in recycling. She holds a BEng in Chemical Engineering with Environmental Protection, and was responsible for environmental and ethical behaviour change campaigns and events while a student at Loughborough University.

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